The WWE community suffered a tragic and unexpected loss on Wednesday, when it was announced that Joanie “Chyna” Laurer had passed away at the age of 45.
The former pro wrestler was found in her Redondo Beach apartment, and a cause of death has not been revealed. Chyna, who also made several reality TV appearances, had posted her last message to fans on Sunday, captioning an Instagram selfie, “Happy Sunday my lovelies I hope you all enjoy your day with your family. Be Happy, Love each other, and Live in Peace!”
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Following the news of Chyna’s death, many celebs and fellow wrestlers tweeted their shock and condolences.
Hulk Hogan posted: "Devastated over Chyna passing,she dated Brutus years before wrestling,such a beautiful soul and so kind to my children, rip Joanie love u."
The WWE shared on its official handle: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of Joanie "Chyna" Laurer.”
Wrestler Goldust wrote, “Rest easy baby girl! @ChynaJoanLaurer.”
Actor Jerry O’Connell tweeted, “RIP 9th Wonder of the World. Here’s hoping WWE inducts you into the HOF.”
Mixed martial arts fighter Bubba Jenkins wrote, “Damn RIP CHYNA, one of my childhood heros, sad to see so many deaths in 2016, RIP ANTHONY, RIP G. SCOTT, RIP COACH BRIDGER, RIP DJ KENDALL.”
Saved By the Bell star Dennis Haskins Instagrammed a photo of the late athlete, writing, “I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Joanie Laurer AKA Chyna. Joanie was fighting to get back on her feet over and over. Look thru the haze and find the soul. So sad #RIPJoanie.”
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Hugh Hefner’s wife, Crystal, tweeted, “Rest in peace Chyna. So sad.”
UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock wrote, “RIP chyna great memories good times you will always be a great part of my life during a great time of my life you will be missed.”
Fellow WWE alum Jillian Hall tweeted, “Ouch…. Heavy heart tonight! #ripchyna. I literally got a pain in my tummy for this one. A true women’s wrestling idol! #godbless.”
Brooke Hogan, the daughter of WWE pro Hulk Hogan, tweeted, “Not even believing @ChynaJoanLaurer is gone. She's graduating early...God must have needed an angel.”
WWE’s Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon called Chyna a “pioneer in our industry,” adding, “she will be missed.”
Musician Travis Scott wrote, “R.I.P. Chyna. Greatest female wrestler ever.”
Actress Holly Robinson Peete posted a photo of the late wrestler, writing, “So sad to hear that @ChynaJoanLaurer passed away. She was a really sweet lady.”